Harper Lee’s Death Prompts a Torrent of Tributes

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To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most widely read books in America, often read for the first time in the teen years; as such, many people have a strong emotional reaction to it.

Celebrities, politicians and other public figures reacted to the news of author Harper Lee’s death on Friday, quoting their favorite passages from the landmark novel and expressing their remorse at her death. Here are some of their responses.

Aaron Sorkin, who is adapting To Kill a Mockingbird for Broadway, issued a short statement honoring the writer:

“Like millions of others, I was saddened to learn this morning of the passing of Harper Lee, one of America’s most beloved authors. I’m honored to have the opportunity to adapt her seminal novel for the stage.”

Reese Witherspoon, who narrated the audiobook for Lee’s Mockingbird sequel Go Set a Watchman, led a host of tributes on social media:

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